TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp chief executive Masayoshi Son said on Wednesday that so-called smart robots could revive Japan’s economy and competitiveness, doubling down on robotics as the company’s much-hyped “paper” robot is ready to bend.
Son said at the online SoftBank World 2021 conference that the firm’s vision fund is involved with 18 companies developing advanced machines with artificial intelligence (AI) that far exceed the dancing and door-greeting capabilities of CutiePaper. Is.
“We had a grand start with the paper many years ago, now it is lowering its head,” said the son, standing in front of a bearish, closed pepper projection.
The founders of SoftBank now see “a future with smart robots that will transform not only the manufacturing, industrial working population, but the entire working population.”
Son packed his keynote speech with videos of humanoid robots running and jumping, along with canister-sized machines cleaning the floor.
However, he did not offer any specifics on the new investment or the market value of any of the instruments, nor did he note SoftBank’s investment halt in China, where regulators have dramatically increased scrutiny of technology firms.
In June, SoftBank sold 80 percent of dog-like “spot” maker Boston Dynamics to South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group for $1.1 billion. A month later, Reuters reported that sales of the paper, unveiled to much fanfare by Son in 2014, would end in 2023.
Son said Wednesday that SoftBank remains an associate partner with Boston Dynamics, and that a generation of more functional smart robots will come from Pepper — or what he calls “smabo,” which in Japanese means “smart” and “robot.” is a contraction.
Such machines would have the potential to revolutionize the workforce, as a smart robot can do 10 times the daily output of a human, Son said. He said that in Japan, that means 100 million robots can do the work of 1 billion people.
“Man can be freed from boring work,” he said. “(They) can work on something that has more value.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times